WELCOME TO ALL! It is time for our open discussion to begin. I will post assignments for reading, and in this case, watching the first ten minutes of ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE CASTLE. You may jump in any time with comments, questions, observations. I will check the postings regularly, give new assignments, and comment on existing posts.
If it is after Oct 1 and you would like to join us, jump in! This is meant to be an open dialog and anyone can easily "catch up" and participate as they choose.
To get started:
1. View the opening sequence, which I have attempted to add here. It is in the video library of the Depth Psychology Alliance. If my technology fails, I will post it again.
As you watch the video, imagine what it would be like to be in the body of Alma de Leon, the woman who enters with the music in the beginning. What states of mind, emotion, or circumstance do her movements portray. Have you ever felt "at war with yourself", or felt the tension of opposing forces in your body.
2. In Alma's first speech, she refers to her "aridity of soul". What does this mean to you? The setting of 16th century Spain is later described as "our wild, arid country". How do you imagine place impacts inner life?
3. Teresa's rapture in the second scene, and Alma's description of seeing Teresa "float off the ground" when in a trance of communication with God. What does this mean to you? Have you ever felt in contact with the divine?
These are some ideas to think about. Please watch the video and read to the top of page 18, ending with "and you will teach me what it is, to love the poor" You might also benefit from reading pages 63 through 69, two essays by myself and Lindsey Rosen that give some background on the conception of the play.